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FREE STEM Festival, Georgia Southern University, Statesboro

Wednesday, August 20th, 2014

Free kids events Savannah Statesboro STEM Festival 2014 Georgia Southern

Bring the kids to celebrate Science, Engineering, Technology and Math at Georgia Southern University at STEM Festival 2014

This FREE fun-filled community event will be Sept. 20, 2014
10 AM – 4 PM

Nessmith-Lane Building
*847 Plant Drive on the Georgia Southern Campus

50+ Exploration stations will provide hands-on activities for children young and old. Activities appropriate for elementary, middle and high school will be available.

STEM Fest activities include:

See robotics in action
Learn how video games are created
Make ice-cream with liquid nitrogen
Blast off Alka-Seltzer rockets
Gaze at the stars in Georgia Southern’s Planetarium
Learn about Georgia Archaeology with the ArchaeoBus
Participate with NASA
Go on a mission with the Army
See competition awardees and their presentations
and much more

Free guest parking will be available in lot #32; bus parking available in lot C behind the Nessmith Lane building
Food will be available for purchase.

Institute for Interdisciplinary STEM Education, Georgia Southern University, (912) 478-2549,


Fall art classes for children @ Scribble Art Studio in Savannah & Pooler

Monday, August 18th, 2014

afterschool children's classes at Scribble Art Studio Savannah Pooler

Star Wars Lego Art, Cartoon Drawing, Spooky Illustrations are just a few of the fall art classes offered for kids @ Scribble Art Studio in Savannah & Pooler.

Scribble has Classic Tales: Frozen class for ages 4 & older as well as Painting Basics, Portfolio Prep & Drawing Made Easy for the older kids & many more.

Scribble also offers Homeschool Art for ages 6 & older at both the Savannah & Pooler studios.

For the full schedule of classes & to register, click here. 


Scribble Art Studio in Savannah & Pooler offers private & group art classes for kids, summer art camps, adult art parties & children’s birthday parties, both in the studio & at-home DIY art birthday kits. For gifts, Scribble has art kits & gift certificates. For more information, contact artist Carrie Christian at (912) 713-7376 or  . Click here for more info. Scribble Art Studio is a advertiser.

Afterschool clay classes begin in September @ Savannah’s Clay Spot pottery studio

Monday, August 18th, 2014

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Afterschool 6-week Clay Classes start at the beginning of September 2014 at one of our favorite local studios for kids – Savannah’s Clay Spot.

afterschool kids classes pottery art Savannah Clay SpotPreschool Age, Mondays, 4:30pm-5:30pm, Sept. 8-Oct.13
Kid’s with Clay, 6-10, 4:30-5:30pm, Sept. 7-Oct. 14
Parent and Child, 4:30-5:30pm, Sept. 8, Oct. 15
Teen Wheel Throwing, 4:30-5:30pm, Sept. 7-Oct. 9

New! Homeschool Clay Class
Elementary Age students, Fridays, 9:30am-11:30am, Sept. 5-Oct. 10

Register at
Contact: 912-509-4647 or email

“Like” Savannah’s Clay Spot on Facebook here to stay connected & to see the adorable creations kids make at this studio.

Savannah’s Clay Spot is at 1305 Barnard St., Savannah, 31401. The studio sits on the SW corner of Barnard and Henry Street with the front door facing Henry St. There is parking right in front of the studio facing Henry Street. Look for the fun red fence.

Savannah’s Clay Spot,, 1305 Barnard St., Savannah, 31401, tel. 912-509-4647 or e-mail

Free Kindermusik demo classes for ages 3 & younger, Sept. 1 & 2, Savannah

Sunday, August 17th, 2014

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Join Kindermusik Savannah with 88 Keys Piano for their August play date at their brand new location! There are still a few spaces available for the Monday, August 25th play date at 10am- the theme is “YUM! Fabulous Food!” and it is open to ages 0-7.

Each participant receives a Kindermusik class, an instrument, 10 Kindermusik songs and a bonus gift at the end of class! Siblings are only $5.00. To enroll, visit our website at and click on the Kindermusik link. Or, call 912-988-KEYS (5397).

FREE demo classes: Also, on Monday and Tuesday September 1 & 2, Kindermusik will host free demo days for ages 3 and under. 0′s and 1′s demo will be Monday 9/1 at 9:20am and Tuesday 9/2 at 10:15am. Toddlers ages 2′s and 3′s demo will be Monday 9/1 at 10:15am and Tuesday 9/2 at 9:20am.

Even though Kindermusik Savannah’s demo days are completely free, all participants must first enroll online so we can have an accurate head count. Spaces are limited for all classes. Join Kindermusik Savannah for a musically enriching time with your little one!! Kindermusik…a good beginning never ends.

To enroll online, visit and click on the Kindermusik link.

Kindermusik Savannah, email, 912.988.KEYS (5397), then click on Kindermusik link. Kindermusik is a advertiser

Auditions for various levels of Armstrong Atlantic Youth Orchestra Program Fall 2014-2015 Season, Savannah

Sunday, August 17th, 2014

music instrument lessons savannah youth orchestra If your child plays strings, woodwinds, brass or percussion, auditions are this Sat. Aug. 23 for the Armstrong Atlantic Youth Orchestra program for Fall 2014-1015 in Savannah.

This Savannah youth orchestra has different levels for different abilities including:
Debut Strings Ensemble (DSE)
Lyric Strings Ensemble (LSE)
Lyric Youth Orchestra (LYO)
Atlantic Chamber Orchestra (ACO)
Armstrong Atlantic Youth Orchestra (AAYO)

Auditions will be Saturday, Aug 23 2014
ASU Fine Arts Building
11935 Abercorn St., Savannah, GA 31409

Auditions will require the student to play a prepared solo, scales and do one or two sight-reading examples at their audition. Audition requirements here.

For students auditioning for the LYO, ACO, AAYO level ensembles, there are additional required etudes for each instrument. To see the specific “Audition Requirements” & more details, click here.

To schedule an audition, please contact:

Parent & Me time: FREE library storytimes

Sunday, August 17th, 2014

Free kids events Savannah library storytimesLive Oak Public Libraries storytimesare a wonderful FREE way to expose your child to storybooks read aloud by a librarian as well as songs and fingerplays.

Plus, attending storytimes regularly helps your child to become accustomed to visiting the library regularly.

Free storytimes are offered for different age groups at the local branches – including Wilmington Island, Bull Street, Pooler, Thunderbolt, Oglethorpe Mall branch & Tybee Is. – at various times on weekday mornings. You can find a storytime happening at at least one branch Mondays through Thursdays.

There’s even a new afternoon, after-school storytime now that’s offered for ages 5 to 11 at 4 PM Tuesdays at the Oglethorpe Mall branch library.

Each library branch storytime brings something a little different – Bull Street library storytime unfolds inside a cottage playhouse that looks like it’s right out of a Golden Book while storytime at Southwest Library next to Savannah Mall is in a new, sunlit auditorium.

Enjoy energetic choruses of “Hurry Up, Hurry Up, Drive that Fire Truck,” “Little Red Wagon” and standards like “Wheels on the Bus” plus fun stories, crafts and more.

Click here for the breakdown of regular storytimes at Live Oak Public Libraries.


Savannah Sharks Gym offers Mommy & Me; Preschool Tumbling; Competitive Cheer classes

Saturday, August 16th, 2014

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Savannah Sharks gym on East Victory Drive (behind Chick-fil-A) is known for its competitive cheer classes/camps. But the gym offers so much more including Mommy & Me tumbling playdates for crawlers to age 4 and Fall tumbling classes including preschool (ages 4-5); beginner; Level 2; Level 3; Advanced.

Fall 2014 Schedule begins September 2 2014. More info here.

Mommy & Me (Crawlers to age 4)
Monday, Tuesday & Fridays 10:30am – 12:00
Wednesday 3pm-4pm​

Ages 4-5 Preschool Tumbling
Monday &/or Wednesdays 5:30-6:30

Beginner Ages 6 and Up
Monday 4:30-5:30
Wednesday 4:00-5:00 & 6:00-7:00
Thursday 3:30-4:30

Level 2 BackHandspring BHS
Monday 4:30-5:30 & 6:30-7:30
Tuesday 4:30-5:30 & 6:30-7:30
Wednesday 4:00-5:00 & 7:00-8:00
Thursday 4:30-5:30 & 7:00-8:00
Sunday 2:00-3:00

Level 3 Back-Tucks
Monday 6:30-7:30
Tuesday 6:30-7:30
Wednesday 7:00-8:00
Thursday 5:00-6:00
Sunday 5:00-6:00

Advanced- Layouts and Fulls
Tuesday 8:00-9:00
Sunday 3:00-4:00 & 4:00-5:00

To register, email your child’s name, age & preferred class time to

Savannah Sharks Cheerleading & Tumbling, , 2123 East Victory Dr (behind Chick-fil-A) Savannah, 31404, email, (912)335-2234 On Facebook here. Savannah Sharks is a advertiser.

FREE SCAD ‘Night at the Museum’ & scavenger hunt museum tour, Savannah

Friday, August 15th, 2014

free kids events Savannah SCAD

Experience SCAD’s own ‘Night at the Museum’ - free of charge.

Aug. 28, 5:30 p.m. @ the SCAD Museum of Art

Visit Savannah College of Art and Design’s cool museum on a hot summer night! Bring the family and enjoy a screening of the blockbuster movie “Night at the Museum” (rated PG), followed by a flashlight-guided scavenger hunt tour of the galleries.

Film begins 5:30 p.m.; tour begins 7:30 p.m.

The screening and tour are free and open to the public.

Tour space is limited and available on a first-come, first-served basis. Sign up 5-5:30 p.m. at the museum front desk.

Galleries are open 5-8 p.m.

Email Melissa Messina, SCAD Museum of Art program manager, at for more information .


Attention K-2 teachers, homeschool groups: apply for Savannah Music Festival’s FREE Musical Explorers program

Wednesday, August 13th, 2014

homeschool resources programs in SavannahTeachers & homeschool groups, have you applied yet for Musical Explorers, Savannah Music Festival’s new partnership with Carnegie Hall’s Weill Music Institute?

Musical Explorers has been a huge hit with New York City schools, and in 2014-15 Savannah Music Festival will be the first organization in the nation to adapt Musical Explorers for a community outside of New York.

Deadline to apply has been extended to Mon. Aug. 18. More information on the program and an application for 2014-15 can be found  by clicking here.

Musical Explorers is a K-2 arts education program where students learn about their community, their city, their state and all the diverse musical styles that can be found in Georgia and the southeast. They also learn basic music skills and vocabulary. During the 2014-2015 school year, students explore various music styles including blues, classical, African-American spirituals, jazz, Slave Shouts, and bluegrass, embarking on a musical journey through the cultures found in and around Savannah.

For each genre of music, the students are “introduced” to a local artist, and songs and activities associated with the artist (3 artists per semester, 6 artists total). At the end of each semester, students meet the musicians they’ve learned about in the classroom live on stage, performing the songs from the curriculum in an interactive concert.

Click here watch a brief video, with footage put together by Carnegie Hall, that gives you the teacher’s perspective. (Just imagine your students going to the Lucas Theatre for the concert instead of Carnegie Hall!)

Some more program features:
*Two interactive concerts (fall and spring) per year in downtown Savannah featuring mulitcultural vocalists
*Two professional development workshops for participating teachers (fall and spring)
*An online, interactive Teacher Guide with accompanying musical excerpts, featuring lessons and creative extensions for yearlong coursework, geared toward both music and general classroom teachers
*Online, printable student activities

This program is absolutely free for participating schools!

More information on the program and an application for 2014-15 can be found  by clicking here.

Harry Potter fans can ride the Frogwarts Express to Savannah Children’s Museum, 9/14

Tuesday, August 12th, 2014

Frogwarts at Savannah Children's Museum

Wear your most magical robes and hats and join Savannah Children’s Museum for FROGWARTS, an exciting wizarding event on Sunday, September 14th 2014 from 5pm-7pm! More info here. 

Take a ride on the Frogwarts Express to Savannah Children’s Museum to be sorted into Houses at Frogwarts. After the SCM Sorting Hat has picked your House, all the wizards and witches will get take fun magical classes like Potions, Wand Making.

This year Frogwarts is adding all new classes.

The Frogwarts Express will board at Georgia State Railroad Museum from 5pm-6pm and take all the witches and wizards to Savannah Children’s Museum.

The train boards on a first come, first served basis, so be sure to arrive on time to get onboard!

Pricing for Frogwarts is $10 per person ages 18 mo. and older.

Pre-registration AND pre-payment are REQUIRED for this popular annual event. Space is limited. Be sure to register today.

Click here to register

Savannah Children’s Museum, email, 655 Louisville Road, Savannah 31401, Savannah Children’s Museum is a advertiser 

Parent & Me Time: Kindermusik in Savannah Aug. 25 Playdate for Ages 0-7

Tuesday, August 12th, 2014

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Announcing Kindermusik in Savannah’s August playdate: Monday, August 25, at 10 AM. The theme for August is “YUM! Fabulous Food!” Come explore music, movement, stories, instruments, and MORE, all centered around our musicalicious food theme.

Playdate is open to ages 0-7, and siblings are ONLY $5.

Each participant receives an instrument, 10 Kindermusik songs, and a BONUS gift at the end of class!

Spaces are limited, so enroll today online at (click on the Kindermusik link). Please note: August’s playdate is being held at a different time than most of our monthly playdates: 10am!

Any questions? Please email us or call us at 912.988.KEYS (5397) or

To enroll online, visit and click on the Kindermusik link. Kindermusik…A Good Beginning Never Ends.”

Kindermusik Savannah, email, 912.988.KEYS (5397), then click on Kindermusik link. Kindermusik is a advertiser

Fall 2014 Art Classes for Kids & Teens @ Telfair Museums

Tuesday, August 12th, 2014

art classes for kids in Savannah Kids can enhance their artistic skills at the Jepson Center. Contact Kip Bradley at 912.790.8823 or to reserve your space now!

Youth Classes

New! Classes for Homeschool Students Homeschool Contemporary Creative Explorer
Ages 8-12
Mondays, September 8-October 6, 10 am-12pm
Members $100, Non-members $125
The Contemporary Creative Explorer class will take students on a journey, exploring Telfair Museums’three sites and exhibitions. Find inspiration with instruction in drawing, painting and printmaking. Students immerse themselves in innovative arts lessons taught by professional artists. To register, click here.

Homeschool Portfolio Builder: Youth Drawing 1
Ages 10 – 14
Mondays September 8-October 6, 10 am-12pm
Members $100, Non-members $125
This class is designed to help upper-elementary and middle school students improve their drawing skills and begin the process of developing a portfolio. In Drawing I, students will focus on still life, practicing perspective and sketching from clothed models. Youth Drawing is a great class for students to develop their art portfolios. New students welcome! All materials will be provided. To register, click here.

Portfolio Builder: Youth Drawing 1
Ages 10-14
Thursdays, September 11-October 16, 4:30-6 pm
Members $100, Non-members $125
New students welcome! This six-week class is designed to help upper-elementary and middle school students improve their drawing skills and begin the process of developing a portfolio. In this session, students focus on measurement and proportion, value, and linear perspective in a variety of black and white media. Youth Drawing 1 is a great class for students to develop their art portfolios, and all materials are provided. To register, click here.

Video Game Development
Ages: 10-16yrs
Thursdays, October 23 – November 20 | 4:30-6pm
Members $100 | Non-members $125
In this five-week class, students build their own video game. Suitable for beginners to intermediate-level participants who want to join the fun! Explore, play, and create video games while learning computer programming from scratch using Game Maker. Prior programming experience is not required and all materials are provided. To register, click here.

Jepson Center, 207 W York St. Savannah, 31401 , Telfair Museums is a advertiser.

Drop-in kids’ weekly art program ‘What Can We Make?’ & Toddler 3rd Thursdays @ Jepson Center in Savannah

Monday, August 11th, 2014

Telfair Museums provides many opportunities for families to visit the museum, learn, and make art together. Are you looking for a fun and educational activity for children? Check these out:

WCWM? (What Can We Make?)
Thursdays, Fridays, and Saturdays / 1-4 PM
Jepson Center’s Melaver Studio
The studios are open for drop-in visits for all ages. No need to pre-register. Free to members or with museum admission. Open to adults and children accompanied by an adult caregiver. More info available here. 
Join Jepson Center as they open the studios for drop in visits for all ages. wcwm? (What Can We Make?) focuses on developing problem-solving and critical thinking skills through imagination. Explore your creative side with inspiring activities utilizing recycled materials, found objects, and traditional art supplies. In addition to the wcwm? project kits, the studios provide watercolor and collage opportunities as well. More info here. 

Homeschool programs Mommy and Me art program SavanahToddler Third Thursday (3rd Thursday of every month) Next one is Aug. 21 2014

10:30am-Noon & 1-2:30pm

Toddler Third Thursdays are great for parents, grandparents, and caregivers with pre-school children. Designed especially for preschoolers ages 3-5 and their adult companions,this program allows toddlers to explore artwork from Telfair exhibitions and complete a fun-filled art project relating to their tour. A different tour and project will be offered each month. Time to play in ArtZeum is included.  More info here. 

Registration and adult supervision required. Call 790-8823 or click here to register.Enrollment is $5 per child. Adult admission is FREE for museum-members and $12 for non-members. Sponsored in part by JCB, Inc.

Click here to register online for Toddler 3rd Thursday >>

Located in the Jepson Center
A great place to visit after school, on a rainy day, on weekends, or just anytime, the Telfair’s hands-on learning gallery and interactive exhibits provide an excellent introduction to big ideas about art. Click here to learn more.

Activity Downloads
Download activity sheets here on the educational resources page before your museum visit and explore the museum with fun and educational search activities.

FREE Family Days (Next one is Sept. 6. Theme: Playing with Photography Details here.)
Telfair Museums FREE family days will be on the first Saturday of each month, 1-4 PM through 2014 These events highlight a different exhibition each month and feature art-making activities for visitors of all ages.  More info here. 

Jepson Center, 207 W York St. Savannah, 31401 , Telfair Museums is a advertiser.


Toddler Tuesday nature programs at Oatland Is. Wildlife Center, Savannah

Sunday, August 10th, 2014

Toddler Tuesdays nature programs for kids in Savannah at Oatland Island Wildlife CenterOatland Island Wildlife Center
Wildlife and education programs
711 Sandtown Rd.
Savannah, GA, 31410
(912) 395-1212

Admission rates & driving directions here.

Toddler Tuesdays at Oatland Island Wildlife Center.
Programs are at 10 AM & 11 AM on Tuesdays each week . Pre-registration required. Call 395-1500

Toddler Tuesday Program Fees for 2014:
General: $5 per child $5 per adult
Friends of Oatland Members: $5 per child, up to 2 adults FREE!

Program fee includes program and entrance to Oatland Island Wildlife Center and trails.

Toddler Tuesday Topics 

If you are new to the Savannah area or are a new parent, then you need to check out Toddler Tuesdays, a fun weekly program that celebrates nature @ Oatland Island Wildlife Center, 711 Sandtown Rd. Savannah, GA, 31410.

At Toddler Tuesday, children & their parents/caretakers experience nature through themed activities including live animal encounters, wildlife nature walks, storytelling, songs, interactive finger-play & crafts.

Oatland’s naturalist Michelle Kelly leads these exciting & educational sessions.

NEW TIMES: 10 AM & 11 AM

Admission rates & driving directions here.

Toddler Tuesdays Programs sare at 10 AM & 11 AM on Tuesdays each week . Pre-registration required. Call 395-1517. Be sure to register by 4 PM the Monday before.

Toddler Tuesday Program Fees: General: $5 per child $5 per adult Friends of Oatland Members: $5 per child, up to 2 adults FREE!

Program fee includes program and entrance to Oatland Island Wildlife Center and trails.


August 12            Cats and Boxes-–Do you know how to play like a cougar?  Our cats love to play in boxes.  We’ll have some pretend cougar play time, decorate a box for our favorite felines and watch them play in it.  It will be a roaring good time!

August 19             It’s a Small World After All—Ever looked through a microscope? We will explore the microscopic plants and animals that live in the sea that make up the base of the food chain.  We will use hand lenses, microscopes and projectors to see the un-seeable!

August 26            Animal Armor— Don’t let down your guard for this class because we are going to have fun exploring animal armor.  Bones, spines, hair and exoskeletons, we will learn all about how animals protect themselves.

September 2        All Things Wiggly—What writhes and wriggles, squiggles and makes you giggle? We will get down to earth in this class and explore worms and caterpillars.


After-School Theatre Classes @ The Jewel Conservatory Theatre

Saturday, August 9th, 2014

after school theater drama classes Savannah Jewel theatreThe Jewel Conservatory Theatre – an educational theatre in Rincon dedicated to providing classic theatre entertainment and quality theatre classes for all ages – has a whole assortment of after-school theatre classes for all ages!

Their classes are custom made to young thespians to focus on the process of being a truthful actor and do not put the pressure of performing on them. Each student will have a blast learning about acting through games, scene study, ensemble-driven classes.

Junior Gems
Ages 3-5
This is the perfect introductory to stories on stage! Your youngest thespian will dive right into story drama through songs, simple movement, and crafts–we make our own costumes and props! These classes are 45 minutes and specifically created for the pre-school student!
Aug. 27- Oct. 22 2014
4-4:45 p.m.

Ages 6-8
This is the perfect introductory to stories on stage! Your little actor will learn about the fun of theatre! Through songs, stage movement, and age-appropriate story drama, your child will build their confidence and meet new friends. You will be blown away with the complex characters your children will create!
Aug. 27- Oct. 22 2014
5-6 PM

Elementary Troupe
Ages 9-12
From Greeks to folk lore to fairytales the Elementary Troupe does it all! Your elementary schooler will learn all about projection, character development, and how to stand and move on stage through fun games and play-study. Get ready to laugh and learn all about how fun theatre can be!
Tuesday Night Class
Get Grimm-The Seven Ravens
Sept 2-Oct 28, 2014
6-7 p.m.
Thursday Night Class
Get Grimm- The Bremen Town Musicians
Aug. 28-Oct 23 2014
4-5 p.m.

Teen Troupe
Ages 13-18
Your teen will get the perfect introduction to acting theory and technique in this class. Designed to teach key acting techniques through games and scene study, your teen will learn about Stanislaski and Bogart acting techniques through studying classic and contemporary theatre.
Sept 11-Nov. 6, 2014
5:30-7 p.m.

Girls Chorus
Ages 10+
The Jewel Conservatory Theatre could not be more excited to be adding an all-girls chorus! No experience necessary, just a love for music! Auditions are required. Includes all music fees, etc.
Aug 20- Nov 4, 2014
6-7 pm
$50 per month


The Jewel Conservatory Theatre, 6014 HWY 21 Suite E Rincon, Ga 31326, (912) 257-0671 email,  The Jewel Conservatory Theatre is a advertiser

Attention Savannah homeschool parents: FREE Telfair Museums’ Open House for Families Who Homeschool, Aug. 9

Sunday, August 3rd, 2014

Homeschool museum programs Savannah FREE Telfair Museums Open House for Families who Homeschool

Telfair Museums invites all families who homeschool to an exclusive open house event!

Saturday, August 9

1-4 p.m.

Jepson Center, 207 W. York St.

Join us for an afternoon of fun, learning and art. We welcome all homeschooling families in the area to learn more about the education programs and resources that Telfair Museums offers. Art education is an essential part of any curriculum and we want to personally tell you about our classes, workshops, camps and more! Join us for:

Docent-guided tours for grades Pre-K through 12 that are age-appropriate
A studio art class where you and your children can explore your creative sides
ArtZeum, our innovative and interactive children’s museum space

Please RSVP to Jillian Luse at Attendees who RSVP in advance will be entered into a raffle to win FREE family passes to Telfair Museums!

Please visit for more information.

Telfair Museums’ Jepson Center, 207 W. York St., Savannah, 31401 tel: 912-790-8800 Telfair Museums is advertiser

Labor Day weekend programs @ Old Fort Jackson, Savannah

Thursday, July 31st, 2014

Old Fort Jackson Savannah

Take part in the kid-friendly LABOR DAY PROGRAMMING at Old Fort Jackson in Savannah Aug. 30-31, 2014.

Celebrate Labor Day at Old Fort Jackson. Experience the lives of the soldiers stationed at Fort Jackson during the American Revolution, War of 1812, and the Civil War. Special children’s activities included.

WHERE:Old Fort Jackson
WHEN: August 30-31, 2014

For hours & admission costs, click here.

Old Fort Jackson
1 Fort Jackson Road
Savannah, GA 31404

Coastal Heritage Society manages Old Fort Jackson, a historic fort located on the Savannah River three miles east of downtown Savannah,, Coastal Heritage Society is a advertiser


FREE admission to SC kindergartners Aug. 15 @ Sandbox Children’s Museum, Hilton Head Is.

Monday, July 28th, 2014

Free admission for rising kindergartners Sandbox Children's MuseumThe Sandbox Children’s Museum on Hilton Head Is. presents the second annual Countdown to Kindergarten. This is a celebration for rising kindergartners and their families.


August 15, 2014, 5p-8p. Countdown to Kindergarten provides parents with an opportunity to connect with representatives from school districts, state agencies and community to learn about available educational, health and community resources. Let the countdown begin!

About The Sandbox, An Interactive Children’s Museum

The Sandbox is an interactive children’s museum dedicated to the positive development of young children through educational play in an atmosphere that fosters family and community. Established in 2005, and located on the south end of Hilton Head Island, The Sandbox is the only non-profit play and learning center of its kind in the Low Country featuring region-related exhibits, crafts and programming specifically designed to stimulate curiosity, evoke creativity and motivate learning in children ages eight and under. For more information about The Sandbox, visit  or call (843) 842-7645.

For more information, call The Sandbox at 843-842-7645 or e-mail .

The Sandbox Children’s Museum, 18-A Pope Avenue, next to St. Andrew’s by the Sea United Methodist Church, Hilton Head Is., 29928


Coastal Discovery Museum, Hilton Head Is.

Tuesday, July 22nd, 2014

Whether you live in Bluffton/Hilton Head Is. or are making a daytrip from the Greater Savannah area, Coastal Discovery Museum is a fun place for kids to visit – especially when there are educational kids’ programs happening.

Check out events happening at Coastal Discovery Museum by clicking here.
Explore Honey Horn, visit the Butterfly Enclosure, look for birds on the docks.

For additional information call 843-689-6767, ext 223

Coastal Discovery Museum, 70 Honey Horn Drive, Hilton Head Island, S.C. 29926, tel: (843) 689-6767, email,

Christmas in July at The Sandbox Children’s Museum, Hilton Head Is.

Sunday, July 20th, 2014

Hilton Head Is. kids' activities museums You’re invited to Christmas in July, 10 AM-2 PM Wed. July 23 2014. Snow is in Santa’s forecast while you play at The Sandbox’s fourth annual “Christmas in July”.

Activities include:
· play in the snow
· jump in The Sandbox’s Bounce Castle
· see The Sandbox in Christmas décor
· Make a Christmas Tree ornament
· decorate (and eat) sugar cookies,
· enjoy fun arts & crafts,
· meet and chat with Santa!
· play in The Sandbox’s cool museum
· fill your tummy with hot dogs, chips, brownies, & lemonade.

COST: $10 per person, under 12 months free

$8 per person seniors, Sandbox members, active military

For more information, call The Sandbox at 843-842-7645 or e-mail .

The Sandbox Children’s Museum, 18-A Pope Avenue, next to St. Andrew’s by the Sea United Methodist Church, Hilton Head Is., 29928


Sandbox @ the Stables: Labor Day celebration @ Lawton Stables, Sea Pines Resort, Hilton Head Is.

Saturday, July 19th, 2014

Labor Day kids activities: Sandbox at the Stables Hilton Head Is.The Sandbox Children’s Museum and Lawton Stables , both on Hilton Head Is., invite you & your family to “Sandbox at the Stables” this Labor Day 2014.

Everyone is invited to this community celebration on Labor Day Monday, September 1 2014 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. @ Lawton Stables, located inside Sea Pines Resort on Hilton Head Is. (about a 1 hr drive from Savannah).

This event will include: Music, Pony rides, hayrides and the animal farm, The Sandbox’s Imagination Hour, craft projects and mobile interactive museum exhibits A pitching radar Kids Zone’s inflatable water slides and bounce houses Cappy the Clown Face painting Family activities like bocce ball, frisbee, ring toss, horse shoes and corn hole  

There will be concessions available for purchase and refreshments including, snow cones and cotton candy.

Participants may bring their own picnic provisions and beverages.

Participants can purchase additional tickets for food, drinks and some activities.

Admission is $5 per person, children 12 months and under are free. LOTS OF FREE ACTIVITIES. (Plus $6 Sea Pines gate entrance fee per auto)

(The Sandbox at the Pope Avenue location will be closed on Labor Day)

Lawton Stables, 190 Greenwood Drive, Hilton Head Island, S.C. 29928 tel: (843) 671-2586,


Daily Guided Tours @ Fort Pulaski National Monument, Savannah

Sunday, July 13th, 2014

Guided Tours @ Fort Pulaski National Monument

Starting May 31, 2014

Fort Pulaski National Monument offers guided tours at the following times:
Sunday through Friday: 10:30 a.m. & 2:30 p.m.
Saturday: 11:30 a.m. & 1:30 p.m.

Through the tour, visitors will see one of the nation’s finest examples of a seacoast fortification, while learning about the construction and engineering of Fort Pulaski, Civil War technology, rifled cannons, general fort life, and the Battle for Fort Pulaski in 1862. Tours meet inside the fort and usually last 45 minutes to an hour.

More info here. 

Junior Park Rangers

Junior Ranger programs at National Parks in Savannah, CharlestonWhen you take kids to tour national parks, you never know how much they are getting out of the visit. Especially for those of us moms who aren’t exactly history experts.

Which is why you need to pick up the Junior Ranger booklets at the visitor centers of national parks you visit. The Junior Ranger program kids engage more during the visits.

Junior Ranger booklets have activities about the national parks for ages 5-12. Junior ranger books are free to any visitor and usually are available at the visitors’ centers. Often, similar programs with more advanced activities are also available for older kids. Just ask at the site’s visitor center.

While doing the activities, children enjoy earning a badge and a certificate.

Nearby national parks/monuments that have Junior Ranger programs include:
*Fort Pulaski National Monument, on U.S. 80 en route to Tybee Island. Info on the Fort Pulaski Junior Program here.
*Fort Sumter & Fort Moultrie national monuments, Charleston, S.C. Info on these forts Junior Ranger program here.
*Cumberland Island National Seashore, Ga. More info here.
*Fort Frederica National Monument on St. Simons Island. Info on the Fort Frederica National Monument Junior Ranger Program here.
*Ocmulgee National Monument in Macon. Info on Ocmulgee’s National Monument Junior Ranger Program here.

Splash Fest 2014 @ Savannah Children’s Museum, July 26

Tuesday, July 8th, 2014

Splash Festival at Savannah Children's Museum

You’re invited to Splash Fest 2014 at Savannah Children’s Museum , Saturday, July 26 2014, 9 AM-2 PM.

Join Savannah Children’s Museum for fun water-based programs & activities.

Last year this was Savannah Children’s Museum most highly attended special weekend.  This year they’re going all out again with fun ways to keep cool and beat the heat – art activities, science activities, and, of course, WATER activities.

All activities are included with membership or daily admission.

Water Wonders all day!
10:30 Story Time
11:30 Creative Crafts
12:30 Super Science
1:30 Story Time

Bathing suits may be worn under clothing. You many want to bring a change of clothing and a towel for your child. Since shoes are required, it’s highly recommend that kids don water-safe shoes to protect their feet.

Admission is $7.50 per person ages
1 and older and free for members. Summer Museum hours are Monday through Saturday, 9 AM to 2 PM.

Savannah Children’s Museum is at 655 Louisville Rd., Savannah, 31401.

Two soccer 3-night mini-camps offered in July by Savannah United

Monday, July 7th, 2014

mini soccer camps in Savannah SSA Savannah United is excited to offer 2 different mini-camp options at the end of July for your younger children (ages 4 to 9). The soccer club has partnered with some local organizations to offer an exciting 3 night camp at an incredibly low cost.

Each mini-camp will be run by Program Director Matt Pritchard, who has a NSCAA National Coaching License. (and is a favorite soccer coach loved by every kid who has had him as a coach)

For just $15, your child can experience what soccer is like with a professional run club. This is a great chance to see if soccer is something they would love to do, also a fantastic way to see what practice could be like if you signed up with a professional soccer club.

SSA Savannah United wants to invite you to register for the mini-camp in Richmond Hill or the mini-camp in Pooler/Bloomingale. And a huge thanks to Gateway Church for helping Savannah United host a camp in Pooler/Bloomingdale and New Life Church for helping Savannah United host in Richmond Hill.

You can get more information and register online today at (camps are at the bottom of the page). If you have any questions, please call Savannah United at 912-691-2472.

Mini-camp Dates: 

July 21st – 3 night mini-camp in Richmond Hill begins. Details here.

July 28th – 3 night mini-camp in Bloomingdale begins. Details here.

Pre-Season Training & Fall Season Registration Deadline

July 29th – 3 week pre-season training begins in Bloomingdale, Savannah, and Wilmington Island. Details here.

September 1st – Registration closes for the FALL 2014 season

SSA Savannah United – One Vision. One Community. One Club., 912-691-2472 email: Savannah United is a advertiser

Join July summer fun with Kindermusik parent & me classes, Savannah

Monday, July 7th, 2014

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It’s not too late to join in for July summer fun with Kindermusik in Savannah!

Enrollment is ongoing and you can join in at anytime. Babies ages 0′s and 1′s meet at 9:30am on Mondays for “Nighty Night”. Toddlers ages 2′s and 3′s meet at 10:20am on Mondays for “Beach Days”. Call 912.988.KEYS (5397) to schedule a free trial class.

Also, join Kindermusik for their July play date: “BUGS, BUGS, BUGS in my backyard!” Play dates are open to ages 0-7. Sibling discounts available. July’s class will meet Monday, July 21 at 11:10am.

To enroll online, visit and click on the Kindermusik link. Kindermusik…A Good Beginning Never Ends.”

Kindermusik Savannah, email, 912.988.KEYS (5397), then click on Kindermusik link. Kindermusik is a advertiser

Celebrate Oatland Is. Wildlife Center’s 40th Birthday w/ admission discount, kids’ activities

Monday, July 7th, 2014

40th logoAug. 31 2014 is Oatland Island Wildlife Center’s Birthday!

Bring the family to celebrate Oatland’s 40th Birthday, 10 AM-4 PM Aug. 31.

Admission will be 40% off.

There will be animal encounters, animal enrichment talks, birds of prey programs, birthday cake and more!

Call 912-395-1516 or click here for more information.

For more summer programs happening @ Oatland Island Wildlife Center, click here. 

Oatland Island Wildlife Center, 711 Sandtown Road, Savannah, 31410 tel: (912) 395-1212

FREE family stargazing night @ Coastal Georgia Botanical Gardens (Aug. 30 ), Savannah

Saturday, July 5th, 2014

Don’t miss the FREE late summer family stargazing event @ Coastal Georgia Botanical Gardens (formerly called The Bamboo Farm and Coastal Gardens ) in Savannah: Gazing in the Garden!

The Coastal Georgia Botanical Gardens in conjunction with the Oglethorpe Astronomical Association invite you to a night of stargazing in the Garden Saturday Aug. 30 8-10 PM. Telescopes will be set up for observation, but you are welcome to bring your own. Free & open to the public.

Before the star-gazing, you’re also invited to a free showing of a classic science-fiction film “The Day of the Triffids” starting at 7:30 in the Annex educational building. Be prepared for less-than-ideal acting and effects in the movie, but know telescope views of the rising moon and stars await you on the Great Lawn.

Once the sun sets, join the group on the Great Lawn to gaze upward with the help of telescopes set up by the Association.  Feel free to bring food, lawn chairs. Alcoholic beverages, pets and tobacco products are prohibited

Free and open to the public. This is a great family event! More details here.

Here’s a list of children’s books on astronomy:

“Night Sky Atlas” by Robin Seagell
“Astronomy” by Kristen Lippincott
“Black Holes & Other Space Oddities” by Alex Barnett
“Space” by Simon Holland
“The Solar System: An A-Z Guide” by Christina Wilsdon
“Cosmic Light Shows” by Bobbie Kalman & April Fast
“Find the Constellations” by H.A. Rey
“The Stars: A New Way to See Them” by H.A. Rey

Coastal Georgia Botanical Gardens (Formerly The Bamboo Farm and Coastal Gardens), 2 Canebrake Road, Savannah, GA. 31419. Please enter the gate on US Hwy. 17. Please call 912-921-5460 for information,, On Facebook here

(Note: “Night Skies – Telescopes at the Tybee Pier and Pavilion” are hosted on the second Friday of each month by the Oglethorpe Astronomical Association at sunset. View the night sky through high-powered telescopes, weather permitting. Free. (912) 401-8634 or e-mail

Coastal Georgia Botanical Gardens in Savannah to offer new science programs for homeschool families

Saturday, July 5th, 2014

homeschool nature programs Coastal Georgia Botanical Gardens Savannah Attention homeschool families in the Greater Savannah area

Coastal Georgia Botanical Gardens (formerly called The Bamboo Farm and Coastal Gardens ) is happy to announce the addition of four new educational programs to their popular Roots & Shoots Environmental Education curriculum.

These wonderful new programs include lessons on the water cycle, pollinators, nature poetry and Odonatas (dragonflies!). Please click here for more information

These educational programs are based on Georgia state standards for science grades K-6. Some programs start in September and all programs fill up quickly.

Registration begins next week on Monday, July 7th. C ost is $5 to $8 per child per program. More information here. 

More than 200 live butterflies at the Savannah Mall, JULY 4- JULY 27

Monday, June 30th, 2014

ButterFliesLive interactive butterfly display at Savannah Mall July 4-27 2014.

During July, you and your kids can watch the magic of butterflies come alive before your eyes at the center court of the Savannah Mall

The ‘Butterflies’ exhibit features over 200 live butterflies from a variety of species tucked away inside a beautiful conservatory. Open noon-8 PM Mon.-Sat. and noon-5 PM Sun.

You can enter into the conservatory and enjoy a hands-on experience with the butterflies. Friendly, knowledgeable staff will explain the life cycle of a butterfly to attendees and everyone will be able to interact with the butterflies one-on-one.

Savannah Mall will host the butterfly event July 4-27 2014.

The goal of Butterflies is to educate in a fun and safe environment. Butterflies’ strives to educate and engage youths as well as adults.

In addition to the experience of seeing, touching and interacting with an array of butterflies, you can take home one’s very own caterpillars.

Guided tours

There are also guided tours taking place every 10-30 minutes depending on traffic. One of the staff will take the group inside the conservatory and explain the stages of life between the caterpillar and butterfly. Once the guided tour is over, participants will be able to explore the conservatory on their own; interacting with up to 200 butterflies.


Admission: $3 per person and a child 8 and younger is free with the adult purchase. In addition to the conservatory, there is also a free craft activity where participants are welcome to create their very own flapping wing butterfly.

Field trips

If you’re a teacher or group who loves butterflies, there are field trip opportunities for students and other groups to experience the program in depth. With just $4 each student, or group member, gets to enjoy a 3 section field trip. The field trip is one hour and thirty minutes long with each section being a half hour. The first section consists of the wonderful experience inside the house interacting with the butterflies. The second section is a craft where everyone can learn about the parts of the butterfly, then get to make one’s own to take home. The last section is a presentation where we teach you all about the butterflies’ life cycle, parts, and some interesting fun facts. At the end of the presentation there is also an entertaining Jeopardy type game where students are engaged to answer questions about the presentation. For more information including how to make reservations, click here. 

Butterflies Gift & Educational Shop

“Butterflies!” is a one-stop-shop for everything butterfly-related. There is a retail section which encompasses a wide variety of items, from butterfly suckers to bug houses, clothing and everything in-between. In addition, everyone is welcome to Adopt-a-butterfly. For $9, you can take home the entire experience as you watch your very own caterpillars grow and hatch into beautiful butterflies.

More information on the live, interactive butterfly display here. 

Savannah Mall, 14045 Abercorn St. Savannah, 31419, (912) 927-7467, Savannah Mall is a advertiser

Old Fort Jackson, Savannah History Museum, Battlefield Memorial Park, Savannah

Monday, June 30th, 2014

Fourth of July kids activities in Savannah Coastal Heritage Society in Savannah has the secret to educating your kids about our history.

Tricentennial Park

Visit Savannah History Museum to learn the background of the Battle of Savannah and then head out to Battlefield Memorial Park to learn about the Revolutionary battle. Learn more about Tricentennial Park by clicking here.

Savannah History Museum is at 303 Martin Luther King, Jr. Blvd. Savannah, 31401

See the various Tricentennial Park sites including Georgia State Railroad Museum by clicking here.

Georgia State Railroad Museum is at 655 Louisville Road Savannah 31401

Old Fort Jackson

Old Fort Jackson in Savannah celebrated its bicentennial in May 2008, making it the oldest standing brick fortification in Georgia! A National Historic Landmark, the fort is one of only eight Second System fortifications (a series of forts built prior to the War of 1812) still standing in the United States.

Join thousands of visitors who enjoy the fort every year, and experience military exhibits, daily cannon firing demonstrations during the summer, and a serene environment with a great view of the Savannah River.

Learn more about Old Fort Jackson by clicking here. 

Old Fort Jackson is at 1 Fort Jackson Rd. Savannah,  31404